Prince Royal (horse)

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Prince Royal
DamsireKing's Bench
CountryGreat Britain
BreederCharles W. Wacker III
Owner1) Dr. Carlo Bassignana
Trainer1) Giuseppe Galbiati
2) Georges Bridgland
Record12: 7-0-1
Earnings26,856,000 & 1,094,126
Major wins
Premio Tevere (1963)
Premio Besana (1964)
Gran Premio di Milano (1964)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1964)
Timeform rating 134 (1964)[1]
Timeform top-rated three-year-old (1964)

Prince Royal (1961–4 August 1983), known as Prince Royal II in the United States, was a British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning France's prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


Bred by Charles W. Wacker III, Prince Royal was sired was the undefeated Italian runner and leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland, Ribot.[2] His dam, Pange, also produced Senibility, the grand-dam of the Breeders' Cup Turf winner Theatrical[3]

Prince Royal was sold to Italy's Dr. Carlo Bassignana at the December 1961 Tattersalls sale for approximately $10,600 and sent into training with Giuseppe Galbiati in Italy.

Racing career[edit]

The colt began his career in racing at age two in Italy where he had one win in four of his 1963 starts with a third-place finish in Italy's most important race for his age group, the Gran Criterium. Racing at age three in 1964, Prince Royal won his first three starts before finishing fourth in the Gran Premio d'Italia. He came back to win the Gran Premio di Milano and ran away from the opposition to win the Premio Besana by fifteen lengths.

Prince Royal was then sent to race in France. He ran in the Prix Royal-Oak in poor racing condition and was held back, finishing last to Baron Guy de Rothschild's winning colt, Barbieri. Negotiations, which had been going on prior to the Prix Royal-Oak, saw American Rex Ellsworth purchase Prince Royal for a reported US$400,000 who turned him over to French trainer, Georges Bridgland. For his new owner and trainer, Prince Royal was next entered in the October 4th running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Up against older horses, the three-year-old colt won the forty-third running of France's most important race.[4]

Following Prince Royal's Arc victory he was retired from racing and sent to the United States where he was registered as "Prince Royal II".


In 1964, the Independent Timeform organisation awarded Prince Royal a rating of 134, making him the highest-rated three-year-old colt of the season ahead of The Derby winner Santa Claus.[1] In their book A Century of Champions, based on a modified version of the Timeform system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Prince Royal as an "average" winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.[5]

Prince Royal was the Italian Champion Three-Year-Old Colt of 1964.[6]

Stud record[edit]

Prince Royal served stud duty at owner Rex Ellworth's breeding operation in Southern California's Chino Valley from 1965 through 1973. He met with little success as a stallion, siring just seven stakes race winners from 268 foals. He did however have one son, Unconscious, who won the 1971 San Felipe Handicap and the 1972 Strub Stakes. Acquired by a Japanese breeder, he stood at stud in Japan from 1974 to 1983 and died on 4 August 1983.[7]


Pedigree of Prince Royal (GB), 1961[8]
Ribot (GB)
Tenerani (ITY)
Bellini Cavaliere D'Arpino
Bella Minna
Tofanella Apelle
Try Try Again
Romanella (ITY)
El Greco Pharos
Gay Gamp
Barbara Burrini Papyrus
Pange (GB)
King's Bench (GB)
Court Martial Fair Trial
King's Cross King Salmon
York Gala (GB)
His Grace Blandford
Princess Galahad Prince Galahad
Penny Flyer (Family: 3-h)[3]


  1. ^ a b Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions (Third Edition). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1.
  2. ^ Bowen, Edward L. (2004). Legacies of the turf: a century of great Thoroughbred breeders, volume 2. Lexington, KY: Eclipse Press. p. 175. ISBN 1-58150-117-X.
  3. ^ a b "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Violante - Family 3-h". Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  4. ^ Staff (October 5, 1964). "U.S. horse Paris victor". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  5. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 978-1-901570-15-1.
  6. ^ Staff. "Charming Kitten". Equineline. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  7. ^ Staff. "Prince Royal". Japan Race Horse Registry. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Prince Royal pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-08-25.

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